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Adventure Afloat - Explore Ashore in Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica

A 7 night tall ship voyage through classic 'Pirates of the Caribbean' territory. This is the lush, rainforest covered part of the Caribbean is fringed with beaches but it is worth hiking into the jungle for the flowers, waterfalls and vegetation. Volcanic summits, waterfalls, banana and sugar cane plantations to produce some of the best rum in the Caribbean. In the rural areas on islands like Dominica, villagers go to their crops in the forest with a machete instead of visiting a shop. The beaches, swimming off the ship and snorkelling with a myriad of colourful fish will add another dimension to this already active sailing holiday.

Embark
Fri, 24-01-2020 - 19:00
Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe
Disembark
Fri, 31-01-2020 - 10:00
Martinique
Duration
7 Nights
Vessel
Eye of the Wind
Voyage No.
EYE-20/04

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: 2 Berth Ensuite Cabin Per person. AVAILABILITY: Available. PRICE: 1,820 EUR. BOOK NOW

Eye of the Wind - Guadeloupe to Martinique

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

Romantics, solo travellers, sun lovers, sailors and novices who want to see the Caribbean as working crew on a square rigger. Feel less like a tourist and experience island life as a sailor. No experience is needed as the professional crew will teach you to find buntlines and braces, clewlines and yard halliards. If you would rather be outdoors and active this winter and feel the wind in your hair then sign up before the mast. Eye of the wind is a sail training ship, but there is no deck scrubbing (unless you like the exercise). Guest crew can dip into the exciting stuff and not feel guilty resorting to the mattresses on the sun deck when there are enough volunteers to set a sail or take a turn on the helm.

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • A Caribbean Sea Journey with island stops
  • Learn to sail a windjammer with a young and friendly crew
  • Active sailing and manoeuvering on a 100-year-old tall ship ... feel free to participate!
  • The grandeur of the ocean and its wildlife 
  • Caribbean flair ashore
  • Excellent onboard cuisine, delicious meals from morning to evening

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

This voyage begins in the superb sailing grounds of Guadeloupe, and then heads south to Martinique. The nature island of Dominica is on the route and it would be hard to resist a stop here in one or 2 anchorages.

Book 2 consecutive voyages? The Guadeloupe archipelago is a great sailing ground in its own right.  If you have time on your hands you might like to spend 14 nights and two back to back voyages on Eye of the Wind. The previous voyage has 7 days to explore around Guadeloupe, and then you set off on a new adventure heading Southwards to Martinique.

As this voyage involves some decent sea miles you will have more time to get to know the ropes and the searoom perhaps to set the stunsails. Theses are sails extra to the normal suite of square sails - Course, topsail, t'gallant and royal.  They are light wind sails for tropics and are huge billowing squares that project out on booms from the upper yards. You can help actively with the sailing manoeuvres or just relax and watch. The setting and trimming of the sails during the days at sea will become an ever more fascinating spectacle from a long gone seafaring era.

Eye of the Wind is one of only a few tall ships that still have stun sails
Eye of the Wind is one of only a few tall ships that still have stun sails

Guadeloupe - blend of cultures

The butterfly-shaped island of Guadeloupe is influenced largely by French, African, as well as East and West Indian cultures.This mix is especially evident in the architecture, which ranges from the French colonial style to the Hindu temple. Be enchanted by a fascinating blend of exotic smells. The cuisine of the Antilles is characterised by fruits, spices, coconuts and seafood of all kinds.We will drop anchor again in the small bay of Deshaies. On the west coast of Guadeloupe, we will be situated in a quiet and scenic location, from where you can start to discover the island. Besides wide sandy beaches, there are also a botanical garden, walking trails through the hilly landscape, and maybe even one or two cocktails in one of the countless bars.

For nature lovers, Guadeloupe – the Emerald Island – is a green paradise where you can discover the largest national park in the Caribbean with the highest waterfalls of the Antilles, a treetop path, mysterious mangrove forests, and a lush plant and animal life. From the Eye of the Wind's deck, we will have a breathtaking view of the almost 1,500 metres high volcanic cone of La Soufrière, and will round off the day by watching the stunning sunset.

The Real Pirates of the Caribbean - Lush rainforests, mountains and waterfalls

There are few things which beat a tropical sunset below the yard-arm whilst at anchor in a timeless setting. A sailing ship as your base gives you access to the unspoilt Caribbean; Fishing villages where the chickens roam the shore, or landing like an early explorer on a remote beach anchorage under a forest covered volcanic peak. 

If you have been dazzled by the natural scenery in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies then both Guadaloupe and Dominica are much closer to that lush volcanic island paradise than more well known Caribbean tourism locations.  The second movie 'Dead Mans Chest' and 3rd Capt Jack Sparrow adventure At 'World's End' were filmed in the rainforests of Dominica, close to Guadaloupe.

climbing palm trees is not as easy as it looks
climbing palm trees is not as easy as it looks

 

Tall ship Eye of the Wind at Anchor for sunset in Guadeloupe

Island hopping, anchorages & time ashore

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. Where the ship goes ashore depends on the wind and weather conditions, and is decided at short notice by the captain, who will take your wishes into account whenever possible. This ensures that your sailing trip is a pleasant mix of adventure, relaxation, active participation and pure enjoyment.

Iles des Saintes or Terre de Haut for underwater splendour

Either of these islands within the Guadeloupe archipelago could be a first stop. The crystal clear waters make snorkelling and sea swimming amongst the tropical fish a must in this pretty archipelago. This colourful village is great for shopping and meals out ashore too. The French influence is strong here so the area is pretty chic.

A ride with the Eye of the Wind's dinghy from the natural harbour at Terre-de-Haut to the exceptionally beautiful, uninhabited neighbouring island of Îlet à Cabrit gives you a true adventurous feeling from the time of the explorers and Buccaneers. When snorkelling in the shallow and crystal clear water, the underwater rocks reveal a variety of tropical fish and underwater plants and corals.

Your next big landfall is likely to be the island of Dominica

Scotts Head on Dominica. Local fishermen herding fish into nets
Scotts Head on Dominica. Local fishermen herding fish into nets

Dominica – the natural beauty of the Caribbean


The island of Dominica is the botanical garden of the Caribbean. It bears the unofficial nickname "Nature Island" due to its lush and diverse flora and fauna.
Turquoise water, green palm forests and white and black sand beaches make up the charm of this region. 

One excursion ashore is to go for a morning two-hour guided rowing boat ride up the Indian River and through mangrove forests. The boat tour can also be combined with a tour of the island and a visit to the reserve of the Caribe Indians.

In the South is Soufriere Bay and Scotts head is the edge of a sunken caldera. You can be snorkelling in 12ft with coral beneath you and suddenly you swim over the edge of the old crater and the sea drops away to 4000 ft. Humpback whales often come close into the bay and frigate birds swoop the beach.

 

palm trees and coconuts - caribbean beach landings

Martinique - A French - Creole Culture

Our journey ends in Fort de France port on Martinique. This French overseas département also bears the name "Flower Island" and is a slice of France in the tropics. Every village has a patissierie selling fresh baguettes and croissants and colonial architecture is everywhere. away from the sophisticated tourist cities are forested areas, banana plantations and sugar cane plantations. Like all volcanic islands with steep slopes, it is not easy to build roads to everywhere, so exploring from the sea gives you opportunity to find deserted stretches of beach and perhaps forest tracks to lure you into the hinterland.

 

Extra Days after your Voyage?

Do not miss renting a car in Martinique to explore the north of the island right up to the green rainforest wilderness of Morne Rouge on the Route de la Trace, a route created by the Jesuits. The church square of the Sacre Coeur de Balata offers a stunning view of the mountainous tropical island. After a few minutes' drive, you will reach the Botanical Garden, which charms its visitors with a stunning variety of tropical flowers and plants. Our tip: Before you set off home, try the island's speciality: Rum punch – it is said to be the best in the whole Caribbean.

Best rum in the caribbean
Best rum in the caribbean

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

Average air temperatures in Guadeloupe are 26-28 degrees centigrade. Sea temperatures are a balmy 26-28 degrees.

If you are on the Atlantic ocean side of Caribean islands the seas can be boisterous and blue. In the lee of any big volcanic island or inside a protecting reef, the seas can be flat. The winds mixed with tropical sun are generally the reason why the Caribbean is a perfect sailing ground. Square riggers under full sail, generally create some shade somewhere on deck or in the rigging so you can always find a cool spot. There is air conditioning in the cabins.

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

Ship interior on Eye of the Wind

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs

 

 

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

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FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

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On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.


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WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

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HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs

 

 

Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe

French Caribbean. Sail from Guadeloupe
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Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Martinique, Caribbean

Latest port updates

For Joining Morgenster, the ship is likely to be at anchor in Fort de France Bay. The ship will text you a meeting point and pick you up in the RIB. 

How to get here

Air & transfers

It's possible to get direct flights from UK airports such as Gatwick and Birmingham to Fort de France airport, it's about a 15 minute taxi ride from the airport to the port. 

You can also get direct flights from Paris. 

Feeling Guilty? - Carbon Offsetting Schemes

Why not sail to the Caribbean with ships like Blue Clipper, Oosterschelde, Lord Nelson and Europa. 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Eye of the Wind

'Eye of the Wind' is one of the most photogenic and well loved tall ships in the world. She has sailed around the world to legendary locations like Pitcairn Island, New Zealand and Cape Horn, been the star of films like White Squall' and has spent decades as an adventure charter vessel and expedition ship. Today she sails 12 months of the year, offering a mix of adventure and themed travel holidays. Tropical and offshore island paradises feature strongly in her winter sailing programme as well as being the most photogenic ship at summer tall ship festivals and entering some of the great waterfront cities of Northern Europe.

 

Statistics

 

  • Length overall: 40m (132ft)
  • Length on deck: 32m

 

  • Year built: 1911
  • Vessel rig: Brig 

 

  • Guest berths:12
  • Crew berths: 10

 

Eye of the Wind in the Caribbean. Photo by H P Bleck
Eye of the Wind in the Caribbean. Photo by H P Bleck

Ocean Wandering & Island Paradises

Eye of the Wind has a tried and tested formula for winter sun escapes. Following the old trade wind routes you would expect for a square-rigger that likes to sail as much as possible, she heads South for a short season in the Canaries. The North East Trades whisk her across the Atlantic for those who fancy a classic ocean passage in the sun as a way of digital detoxing for a month. 

Christmas and New Year are usually spent in the Caribbean. With only 12 guest crew on a 132ft ship the experience is pretty exclusive and there are plenty of places to seek some space, so Eye of the Wind is a good choice for couples and romantics. 

Eye of the Wind Anchored off Guadeloupe

Beautiful Wooden Interior

She wears her 100 years well, having undergone several quality restorations, all of which have helped create a ship interior full of beautiful wood and salvaged antique fittings. Her square rig is totally traditional and all sails are hoisted by human power and blocks and tackles.

Englishman Tiger Timbs and a bunch of tall ship enthusiasts started the story when they converted her to a brigantine. The ship's hull is steel, but the whole feel of the ship is wood. The deck was created from a teak dance floor, the benches in the saloon where salvaged from a church. A wealthy Danish owner lavished money on turning her into a luxury private sailing ship capable of global cruising, but kept the square rig totally authentic and human powered. Today she is available for all to sail again with German owners who love tall ships, team building and old style adventuring on the seven seas.

Below decks style on Eye of The Wind
Below decks style on Eye of The Wind

A Stylish Way to See Europe

The Baltic is a hot place in summer and steeped in maritime history. Bounded by Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia you can visit more than one country in a voyage easily. There are hundreds of islands, intricate navigation and some of the most iconic waterfront cities in Europe. If you are looking for a unique way to understand European culture and history, then sailing between ports on a multi-nationally crewed ship that once carried cargoes through the 1920's and 30's all around the Baltic.

There is a huge fleet of wooden sailing ships around the Baltic, as well as numerous large windjammers so tall ship festivals here are well attended. Outdoor parties, music and parades of sail are a colourful way to see ports like Hamburg, Copenhagen or any historic city with enough dock space to create a tall ship gathering. Let Eye of the Wind show you here home sailing ground during the summer, or try out a short taster in preparation for a more exotic adventure on her further afield.

Sailing Style

No sailing experience is needed as full training is given so you can learn take part in sailing this well maintained and authentically rigged sailing ship. With square sails on both masts and stun'sails for ocean passages you have a great square rig classroom for those who want to learn as much as they can. She has 8000 square foot of sail (750 sq metres) which is quite a spread of red canvas, so good speeds are possible.

Sun deck cushions - not your average sail training ship
Sun deck cushions - not your average sail training ship

Life on Board

Guest crew are all encouraged to take part in the active assistance in sail handling and on board routine of watches and steering the ship. No one is obliged to co-operate. It is your holiday and there is a professional crew of up to 10 for 12 guests. If you are in the mood for a challenge climbing the rigging is possible but don't worry if you have never been up before. You will always be under the guidance of the ships crew and is a great thrill.

The ships crew are typically 20-40 and a mix of all nationalities. They are pretty dedicated to the lost art of traditional seamanship and rope work so you will have plenty of teachers if you want to help maintain the ship. 

If you just want to chill on a deck cushion or hope for dolphins in the bowsprit netting that is ok too. The ship has a library and characterful spaces to relax below decks too.

there is always a reason to go aloft on a brig
there is always a reason to go aloft on a brig

 

Social Areas on Board include:

There is a lower saloon with a library and skylights above for natural light.

The upper saloon is close to the galley for meals

There is a sun deck area to relax on deck

There is a ships bar to purchase drinks

Eye of the wind - cabin Photo HP Bleck
Eye of the wind - cabin Photo HP Bleck
interior on eye of the wind
upper saloon and galley

 

Guest Cabins

There are 6 luxurious cabins, all with en suite bathrooms. All have air conditioning and bed linen is provided. There are 230v sockets (British? or Euro pin?)

There are 16 berths within these 6 cabins, but generally, she only takes 12 guest crew so the cabins are ideal for couples, friends or solo travellers happy to share a cabin with a guest of the same sex.

Sole occupancy.

If you do not want to share a twin cabin they are available for sole occupancy, there is an extra charge of 50% of the voyage fee subject to availability.

eye of the wind-interior layout

 

Eye of the Wind - Full Ship Specification

Year built: 1911 in Brake, Germany

Rig: 3 masted Gaff rigged Schooner

Length overall: 40.23m (132ft)

Beam: 7.01m (23ft)

Draught: 2.7m (8.9ft)

Sail Area: 750 m² (8000 sq ft)

Areas of operation: Worldwide

Number of guests: Up to 16

Number of permanent crew: 8-10

Berth types: 6 Luxury cabins with ensuite bathroom and air conditioning. Typically cabins used for 2 people only but some have more than 2 berths.

Generators - 240v

Navigation & Comms:

Radar, VHF, MF and HR (worldwide) and GPS

Fax and Satellite coms

British flagged vessel.

Captain Fabian on Eye of the Wind
Captain Fabian on Eye of the Wind

The ship has a crew and relief crew for a proper crew rotation

Captain Fabian

I've been sailing since I was five years old, even though I grew up far from the seashore: I'm from Munich/Germany.

After my boatbuilding apprenticeship, I spent a lot of time on the water, mainly I delivered yachts from A to B. With the completion of my nautical studies came the opportunity to eventually sail on larger ships. I am very much looking forward to meeting interesting people on every new sailing trip, from whom I can learn something, and in return I can teach them a little bit about sailing a windjammer.

My dream destination with the Eye of the Wind would be the island world of Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean. Maybe one day we will even go there together ...?

Captain Pitt

Since the age of 26, I am working in seafaring. In Enkhuizen, the Netherlands, I attended the Seafaring School, and at the end of my entire training, I earned the title "Master (all ships)". After a long time on mechant ships, my way now led back to sailing - finally!


I've known the Eye of the Wind for a long time, because a colleague from the Nautical School was her captain for nine years - so my predecessor. Sailing is a beloved and lived passion for me. The special thing about this ship is: I am the captain on board, but I can not sail alone from A to B - here everyone works together.


My dream destination with the Eye of the Wind? - The island world of the South Pacific!

1st Mate Megan

Megan from Australia is now First Mate of Tall Ship Eye of the Wind. She joined the crew in 2014 and brings a lot of sailing experience with her. She introduces herself:

I'm from Western Australia, where my father took me sailing as a child. As I got older, I sailed on an Australian sail training ship as a volunteer watch leader - that was in 2008.

Before I attended the Sailing Academy in Fremantle/Australia, I worked on several ships. After finishing my education there, I sailed overseas for the first time and took part in Tall Ships' Races in European waters.

I first saw the Eye of the Wind in 2013, when she was cruising off the Caribbean island of Saint-Barthélemy under full sails, and I instantly fell in love with the ship. One year later, I joined her crew as a deckhand, today I work as a first mate. As a Master, I am allowed to operate vessels up to a size of 200 GT, as a Chief Mate up to 300 GT (Gross Tons).

I would love to sail around Cape Horn with the Eye of the Wind one day. Until then, I love to share my experience with our fellow sailors. I hope that I can make you feel as passionate for sailing as I do!

Eye of the Wind First Mate - Megan
Eye of the Wind First Mate - Megan

1st Mate Moritz

Chef Alex

Chef Esme

Engineer Jarek

Engineer Xavier

Bonjour, I'm from Rouen in French Normandy. At the age of 19, I began to study Naval Architecture in England for four years.

I discovered sailing in 2007 - I was so enthusiastic that I spent an entire year on a yacht in the Caribbean. After that, I went back to France, where I attended the Merchant Navy School for another two years. After five years as an engineer on different supertankers, I switched to a private yacht in 2016, where I worked as a machinist.

In the meantime, I also worked for the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd before volunteering aboard a cargo ship, sailing into Barbados. There I met the Eye of the Wind for the first time in 2019. The decision to join her crew was easy.

On board, I'm often "invisible" when I'm in the engine room, because I like to work thoroughly - and that may take a little bit longer. I look forward to meeting you aboard! Visiting the port city of Valparaiso in Chile one day with the Eye of the Wind ... that would be the fulfillment of a dream for me.

Xavier - Eye of the Wind engineer
Xavier - Eye of the Wind engineer

Deckhands vary but currently we have:

Ayla, Lea and Manja

Eye of the Wind - Kit List

clothing tips and packing lists

Working Language on Board

German and English

What is Included

  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals to include refreshments throughout the day
  • Duvet, pillow and sheets
  • Hand towels

What is not Included

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Alcoholic drinks but there is a bar on board
  • Any entry visas required

What to Bring

Suitcases take up a lot of room in a cabin, so it is better to uses soft bags in a ship. A small rucksack for going ashore is useful.

  • Eye of the Wind does not supply waterproof jackets and salopette type trousers. Please bring your own waterproof clothing.
  • A mix of warm and wind proof clothing.
  • Lots of thin layers is better than one thick layer in cold destinations.
  • In tropical countries - long sleeves and long trousers to protect you from the sun
  • Footwear on board needs a good grip and soft soles- the decks are wood or steel.
  • Ashore stout, waterproof walking boots are best if you are in remote places.
  • Eye of the Wind has electric sockets in all the cabins 240 V 
  • Cameras, spare batteries, chargers if you need them
  • Binoculars are handy for bird watching etc.
  • Suntan lotion, hats, sunglasses
  • Dont forget any regular medication, persciption glasses and spare
  • Euros for bar bill 
  • Passport, travel insurance, tickets etc
  •  To get ashore is usually by dinghy so be prepared to get wet feet. Rubber boots or quick drying sandals - depending on the location.
  • The ship provides hand towels but please bring a beach towel
  • snorkel and mask for caribbean if you like snorkelling (travel tip: swimming goggles pack up smaller than a facemask)
  • Bring insect repellant for Caribbean as can get mosquitos ashore in evening (rare at anchor)
  • ear plugs can be handy 

 

Electricity

All the power to your plug sockets comes from the ship's generator which runs on deisel. The less the generators have to run to top up power, the nicer it is for the guests on board and also greener for the planet. Please don't bring loads of hairdriers, electric devices to charge.

There is no internet on board whilst at sea. 

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Eye of the Wind - Reviews

crew and guests aloft on eye of the wind

Eye of the Wind is an experienced operator with many happy customers, but she is new to Classic Sailing website. We will post the first Classic Sailing guest feedback from 2019-2020 voyages as soon as we have some, it but here are a few from last year. 

Facebook Reviews currently 5 out of 5 stars Oct 2019

 

Tortola to the Azores! What a great time. Thanks to Captain Pit and the crew. An awesome adventure with awesome people!" F Coutreau, New England

 

What a wonderful, lovely, great, awesome trip we've had from Malaga to Lanzarote! I loved and enjoyed every minute.

Thanks again for this wonderful experience. I miss you guys! Andrea Schwartz

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Itinerary

On a sailing voyage, we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her.

Visas and Vaccinations

Classic sailing is unable to be an expert for advice on visas and vaccinations for customers traveling outside their own country.

Please seek advice relating to your nationality traveling to the countries of your voyage from the country you will be setting off from and returning to.

Passports

In most instances, you will need a passport that expires six months or more after your return to your home country.

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